A few months ago I made an unplanned, spontaneous purchase at the grocery store. Yes, this is not recommended–we are all told to stick to a list. But I was feeling a bit sassy that day.
My extra purchase was a jar of powdered peanuts. I had read quite a bit of hype about this product and wanted to see if powdered peanuts warranted this reputation.
The product is just that–powdered peanuts. This particular brand has no added anything and claims to be non-GMO. So far, so good. It tastes dry right out of the jar, of course, being powder. It has a peanut taste but without the pizzazz of peanut butter. The fat has been removed which may account for the flatter taste.
With six grams of protein per two tablespoons, this does offer a way to increase protein by adding the powder to a smoothie, hot or cold cereal, rice cereal squares, or baked goods such as pancakes, breads, or muffins.
So going with my sassy attitude, I decided to make some cookies. Chocolate chip cookies, at that. Not knowing what effect the powder would have on my recipe, I decided to be conservative and added only two tablespoons.
Well, the cookies turned out great! Quite yummy and with a nice mix of peanut butter flavor plus dark chocolate.
If you would like to try he cookies, here is the recipe.
Better Eating Peanut Choco Chip Cookies
- ½ cup margarine (I used Smart Beat)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 eggs (or equivalent of egg substitute)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 3 cups all purpose flour (or use half whole wheat, half all purpose)
- ½ cup quick cooking oats
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream margarine and sugars till well blended. Mix in eggs. Add vanilla and cinnamon, blending well. In a separate bowl, measure out flour(s), oats, soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Stir ingredients well. Slowly add to wet ingredients, mixing till well blended. Add chocolate chips. Drop by walnut-size spoonfuls onto greased or parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 9 – 10 minutes. Depending on the size of your “walnuts” you will have 5 to 6 dozen cookies.